Politics and religion are considered bad subjects to discuss in polite society, because people get so passionate about them both.
Politics is all about opinions, power and greed, and politicians are the biggest liars on Earth. Funny thing, but that’s exactly what religions are all about too and the priests and ministers lie just as much. In politics, people believe that one way of doing things is better because people they voted for as their leaders tell them so. In religions, it’s exactly the same.
Very few people study politics and politicians, and they know almost nothing about the subject. What they do is pick someone who tells them things they want to hear and fervently believe from then on that this person or these people are absolutely right and all the others are wrong and should be voted out of office.
It’s the same with religions. Once indoctrinated into one particular religion, all others become Wrong and Bad and Doomed To Hell, and whatever the priests or pastors say is true, must be true.
People are mentally lazy and mostly very stupid. Even intelligent people are really stupid when it comes to politics and religions. Perhaps one in every 10,000 will actually stop and think for theirselves. All the rest folllow blindly like sheep.
It’s a funny thing about truth. It’s the truth that makes us angry. Let’s say little Susie has small feet and pimples on her face. A kid yells, “Ha ha, Susie Bigfeet”, and Susie just laughs. But if the kid yells “Susie pimpleface”, Susie gets mad and cries.
An insult doesn’t anger unless there’s truth in it. Lies don’t upset us nearly as much as truth that we don’t want to hear. So when I point out that politics is a load of crap, people get mad. The same as when I point out that all religion is falsehood, manipulation and myth. It’s true. Everyone knows in their heart that it’s true, and they get mad.
I say everyone knows in their heart, because they do. We are all born knowing truth, being able to distinguish right from wrong. It’s part of being born a human being. What perverts that natural born ability is what adults teach us. Growing up, we see adults lie and cheat, sneak and steal, use drugs, abuse themselves and others, make poor decisions, and those are our teachers, those are the people we learn how to act and think from. We learn to value our opinions above not just the opinions of others but above the truth itself. When truth and teachings conflict, we follow the teachings because all children trust adults to lead them.
This is why we believe in politics and politicians, religions and priests. Not because we’ve found the right path that leads to enlightenment, but because we were misled literally from birth. Muslims are murderous and raise their children to be murderous, in a murderous faith, and these kids grow up looking upon Christians and Jews as people undeserving of any decency or respect. Christians and Jews grow up believing that they have the One True Path as well. Religion is a disease that’s passed from one generation to the next, and political beliefs are exactly the same.
Both politics and religion are nothing but confused jumbles of opinion. As the Buddha himself once said, “Beware the thicket of opinion”. So of course, after his death, the opinion that he was some sort of divine, supernatural being grew and became the religion of Buddhism. With priests and all.